The new Lotus Emira sportscar base, known as Elemental, is an extruded aluminium platform as was pioneered by the Elise, but with Lotus promising a ”massive step change technically” and completely different dimensions from any existing models. It is clear it is far more than just more of the same.
The Extreme platform is the one beneath the body of the electric Evija hypercar, which we’ve seen at Goodwood on a number of occasions and is due for launch later this year.
The fourth architecture is E-Sports which is being developed jointly by Lotus Engineering and Group Renault’s Alpine brand. The platform that comes from this partnership will provide the basis for new electric models for both Lotus and Alpine.
The Lotus E-Sports will be “an exciting new sportscar brand, with contemporary styling, class-leading ride and handling, explosive performance and that unmistakable Lotus character,” according to Matt Windle, Lotus Cars Managing Director. He adds this battery-electric machine will target the weight of a combustion-engined sportscar.